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Throughout the history of music many artists have been denounced ridiculed and banned as a result of their controversial lyrics Artists like rap star Ice Cube and shock rocker Marilyn Manson have received a great deal of negative attention from the media due to their unpleasant lyrics As a result of these lyrics being so unsettling to some these artists along with many others in the present and past have been protested fined and even sued Some people claim that these artists are harmful to the youth while others claim that they are just plain obscene Some even stand against them because of religious reasons In any event the first amendment to the United States Constitution states clearly that Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances United States The first amendment should protect musical artists from any attempts of the people or the government to silence them If the first amendment was held true in this country people would not be able to sue singers and songwriters over the views expressed in their songs Unfortunately this right of free expression has failed to protect many focal points of music Russell Simmons a veteran to the hip-hop music scene was sued several years back by a listener who claimed that he was offended by the words to one of Simmonss songs In the courtroom the only statement made by Simmons to defend himself was that Some of the things you find offensive are actually reflections of a reality that needs to be expressed Freedom Forum Simmons is absolutely correct in stating this Anything that takes place in this world is something that is not only real but is the truth Why anyone would give up their right to
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